School children in Nepal. Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank [[tweetable]]Thirty years ago, almost everyone in Nepal — except for a few professionals and business people — would have been classified…

Ravi Kumar |

Copyright: Global Partnership for Social Accountability The saying goes, ‘water is life’, and how so true! But water also drives economic and social development. Clean water supply is vital for…

Jeff Thindwa |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

 Also available in Spanish Surya and Saraswati Adhikari on their biodiverse farm, Nepal. Photo credit: Bioversity International/J. Zucker The Himalayan mountain village of Begnas sits in a valley…

M. Ann Tutwiler |

​ ​​Photo: © Jonathan Ernst/World Bank A neighborhood road a minute walk away from my house in the southern plains of Nepal used to be paved. When I was a kid, it was usable during all seasons.…

Ravi Kumar |

Program Manager of STAR-Ghana, Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu presented with "Global Partnership for Social Accountability Award” for the Africa Region by Sanjay Pradhan of the World Bank. I recently…

Mario Marcel |

The SAFE Trust Fund application (Word document) is now open until 27 February 2015.  What is SAFE?   SAFE means Strengthening Accountability and the Fiduciary Environment. It is a Trust Fund group…

Soukeyna Kane |

Pomegranate farm. Tajikistan. Photo: Gennadiy Ratushenko / World Bank  In 2010-14, we were facing a challenging task: develop a new approach to increase institutional and leadership capacity in…

Oleksii Balabushko, Jana Kunicova |

#ARTF's Ditte Fallesen describes the opportunities and challenges around #opendata in Afghanistan. Photo: Sandra Moscoco [[tweetable]]​There's a lot of energy around the role of open…

Sandra Moscoso |

If you live in a country where electricity never or rarely goes out, you are lucky. In my country, Nepal, we are pleased when we get uninterrupted electricity for even eight hours a day. Like…

Ravi Kumar |